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Tali's Jerusalem Scrapbook
     

Tali's Jerusalem Scrapbook

by Sylvia Rouss
 

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1) Describes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its affect on Jewish life in Israel. 2) Deals with the unique adjustments that have to be made by Americans who live in Israel. 3) Wonderful illustrations of the major sites in Jerusalem.

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1) Describes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its affect on Jewish life in Israel. 2) Deals with the unique adjustments that have to be made by Americans who live in Israel. 3) Wonderful illustrations of the major sites in Jerusalem.

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Children's Literature
Tali is devastated when her American relatives cancel their trip to visit her in her home in Jerusalem because they feel it is too dangerous to travel. Looking through her scrapbook of photos makes her nostalgic for a time when Jerusalem was a safer place to live. Her friend, an older man, helps her to understand and overcome her own fears. He uses different flavors of ice cream as a metaphor for cultural diversity. As her Israeli friends gather to celebrate her birthday, she acknowledges their differences that help make Jerusalem the home she loves, and wishes that her American relatives could visit the next year. The text is obviously from the perspective of a Jewish child, expressing the tension felt daily. While it will do nothing to mend relations between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem, it is beautifully written. The illustrations beautifully convey contemporary people living in a city full of history. 2003, Pitspopany Press, Ages 6 to 9.
—Micki S. Nevett
Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This book focuses on nine-year-old Tali's disappointment when she learns that her American relatives will not be traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate her birthday this year because of the unsafe conditions there. She laments the reality that Israelis face every day when they go to the market or travel on a bus. She meets an older neighbor in the park and shares her feelings with him. Acting as the voice of reason, Mr. Feldman explains that "life is never perfect" and that it's OK to be afraid as long as you move forward. When one of Tali's friends suggests that things might be safer "if only Jews lived in Jerusalem," the man sends the girls for ice cream. They discuss how they live in a city of many flavors, and think about how boring it would be if there were only one type of ice cream. Tali reminisces about a simpler time by looking over her photos in a scrapbook and wishing that her family could enjoy day-to-day experiences without looking over their shoulders in suspicion. In the end, the girl hopes that next year her American relatives will be with her to share her special day. The clearly written story is enhanced by Oppenheimer's complex, rich illustrations. The painterly artwork shows close-up views of the characters interacting as well as scenes of the city. This is a specialized purchase that would work best with discussion groups.-Sandra Kitain, Abrams Hebrew Academy, Yardley, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781930143685
Publisher:
Simcha Media Group
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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